Mayor Kenney Warns Mummers Leadership to Make Changes, or Else the “Future of the Parade is in Jeopardy”

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This has nothing to do with sports, but it’s a Friday afternoon and people seem to have rather inspired takes on the topic of the Mummers Parade.

As you know, there was another instance of black face that took place this month, with members of the Froggy Carr group disqualified despite their explanation that the orange and black color scheme they used was based on the Philadelphia Flyers (who later distanced themselves from the brigade). In years prior, an image of Caitlyn Jenner appeared on a box of Froot Loops and other assorted performances and behaviors took place that were considered to be inappropriate by a portion of the general public. It feels like there’s always some controversy every year.

One of those people in the “disapproving” category is Mayor Jim Kenney, who this week sent a letter to Mummers leadership, asking them to take steps to improve the image of the parade and correct problematic behavior, threatening changes if those requests are not met.

Here’s the letter, via Matt Petrillo over at CBS 3:


I personally don’t have a dog in the fight. Didn’t grow up in the city and didn’t participate in the parade, so I’ll sit on the fence for this one. What I will say is that I almost had a heart attack when I saw the Froggy Carr guy named “Kevin Kinkel” appear on the news.

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  • Angry Old White Guy January 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Cue “Con-tard” outrage over political correctness intruding of their rights to think and be assholes in 3, 2, 1,…

    • Finally, some good news.. January 24, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Mr. Mayor, Thanks!

  • Joe decamara January 24, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I love beating off!

    • Hey Joe, I heard your down at fantasy camp January 24, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      What it exactly is that. You grab a box of baseball cards, a glove, some vaseline and pleasure yourself in a hotel room for 4 nights.

  • sheckler January 24, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    This is the perfect setup for an ultra liberal antifa group to run a false flag operation, put on some kind of terribly controversial attire for the end goal to sabotage the event once and for all.

    • The Dude January 24, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      LOL @ thinking Antifa is “Liberal”

  • Gritty's responsible for the Mummers fiasco and assaulting a young man. January 24, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Peter Lukko, we’ve had enough of this domestic terrorist. Put Gritty down. Have yo no decency?

  • Malcolm X Park in west Philly January 24, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Mayor Kenney is offended by 2 guys out of hundreds of Mummers and threatens to shut it all down. But I guess he’s not offended by the daily murders in our city, and calling out the people who are committing the vast amount of crime. This guy is such a typical Liberal Loser. We know Jimmy; it’s all Trump’s fault. SMH 🤦‍♂️

    • Just Bob January 24, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      There were more than a dozen other idiots who were dressed in blackface before the parade & made to remove it by parade officials.

      These two idiots were so drunk at the time they were interviewed on TV that they could barely speak.

      That is the biggest long-standing issue with the Mummers Parade – the intoxication of non-string band participants and the various misdemeanors they commit including vandalism, public intoxication, public urination, and minor property crimes.

      • Epstein’s Finger Scent January 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm

        Agree 100%. Same thing as the schlep’s from the dirty jerz that get arrested during sporting events that fuel national news outlet’s headlines about how bad Philadelphian’s are…

      • Mummer January 25, 2020 at 10:56 am

        Let me get this straight you are saying that the stringband aren’t indulging in alcohol on New Years ? Boy are you mislead

  • Mayor Jim Kenney January 24, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    In the time it took for someone to write that letter for me, 4 more homicides were committed.

  • Kenney is gutless January 24, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Any word on when Mayor Jimmy will condemn the naming of Malcolm X Park in West Philly?

  • SOLVED January 24, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I knew it!!!! Kev “kin kea d” was an alias!!!! (Is that why your name is in the filter??)

  • Lesley Van Arsdall Is Hot January 24, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    10 murders every weekend and this yo-yo is writing letters? Nero fiddles while Rome burns

  • The only thing worth watching is the fancy division and the string bands January 24, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    They can get rid of everything else. It would solve the problem and you can get the parade down to a manageable couple of hours

  • Mike from froggy car January 25, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I would love to knockout Jimmy

  • Mummer January 25, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Sad that there are no articles that reflect all the good that Mummers do in this city from food drives for veterans to fundraisers for family and friends who are in need.ex Mummers against Cancer org. Which has helped many sick and deceased victims who have suffered and are suffering from Cancer. I am in an organization which resides under the Wench Brigades. For the past 15 yrs we have had a black band , Black Men in costume along with their children. This things go unreported. Only what 2 guys were seen wearing hours after the official parade was over . Not to mention free concerts performed all summer long at the Mummers Museum which is enjoyed by all walks of life. When will the Mumners be seen as a staple in this city who never intended to do anything but bring joy and happiness to this city not only on New Years Day but all year round !! Over the years we have accepted and paid black marching bands in the parade , Spanish heritage groups and LGBT that have also joined this great tradition. How soon we forget about them because they no longer march . The wench brigades have been hiring predominantly black church brass bands for New Years Day and other events throughout the years. They are like family to us .Interview them and see if they have ever been treated improperly while parading or enjoying food and drink back at the clubhouses with us throughout the year . There is so much good that the Mummers do for this city that goes unreported because we dont call the media everytime something is held. It’s time we the Mummers through PR reps will hopefully start to announce all good that is done and it will far overshadow the acts of 2 individuals out of Thousands who abide. Not counting Scholarships and donations that are giving g out year round to children in local schools, fallen or injured first responders etc. There are 2 sides to every story and it’s time that the citizens who aren’t familiar with what goes on in the Mummers community all yr around are awakened as to what type of people we really are.

  • Globe troller January 25, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Mummers are creepy looking AF

    Jim Kenney is a sad excuse for a human being and his dad should have left him in a tissue.

    Philadelphia has eroded into a total crap hole.

    And water is still wet.


  • JIMMY THE GREEK January 25, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Mummers=DRUNKEN WHITE TRASH who work in the trades

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